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December 31, 2009 5:54:33 AM

Building my 1st gaming computer trying to keep it around $700 to $800.

MotherBoard

MSI 790GX-G65 AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

The motherboard will support

CPU AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor

Video card VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM

Power SupplyAntec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

HardDrive Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD burner SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

Case RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case

Am I missing anything? OS will be Windows7 64bit
Again this is my first build, so I'm open to recomendations. I want to game.
thanks


December 31, 2009 1:32:29 PM

Is there a build that doesn't have Ripjaws? lol. Nope.

Swap the HDD out for Samsung F3.

If you wanna game, get at least a 1GB DDR3/5 gpu. HD 4870 does have 1GB versions. If you must, downgrade the PSU (overkill) to 500W (supports HD 5870) & upgrade GPU to HD 4890 1GB at the minimum or even better HD 5770 (DX11). And mobo to this:

MSI 770-C45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

The primary objective is to optimize your gaming performance - GPU.
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December 31, 2009 4:05:29 PM

p55ibexpeak said:
Is there a build that doesn't have Ripjaws? lol. Nope.

Swap the HDD out for Samsung F3.

If you wanna game, get at least a 1GB DDR3/5 gpu. HD 4870 does have 1GB versions. If you must, downgrade the PSU (overkill) to 500W (supports HD 5870) & upgrade GPU to HD 4890 1GB at the minimum or even better HD 5770 (DX11). And mobo to this:

MSI 770-C45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

The primary objective is to optimize your gaming performance - GPU.


Thanks for the help. Here is what I've got now
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Xtreme Design w/ CrossfireX support, DDR3 1800 OC

HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor

Windows7 64bit
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December 31, 2009 5:10:45 PM

That looks good.
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December 31, 2009 10:06:09 PM

^ Agreed. Pull the trigger.
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December 31, 2009 11:54:33 PM

Thanks for the help. I now will "pull the trigger" :sol: 
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January 1, 2010 3:58:33 PM

Will I need a CPU cooler with this set-up. Not sure if I will over clock (not sure how to).
Thanks for the help. Here is what I've got now
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Xtreme Design w/ CrossfireX support, DDR3 1800 OC

HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor

Windows7 64bit
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January 1, 2010 10:36:56 PM

Nope, you can use the stock AMD cooler. It's audible. You can turn on cool & quiet in bios to lower the cpu speed & temp & fan noise.

The important thing is you got the right core components for a gaming rig.

You're welcome & have lotsa fun.
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January 1, 2010 10:39:10 PM

p55ibexpeak said:
Nope, you can use the stock AMD cooler. It's audible. You can turn on cool & quiet in bios to lower the cpu speed & temp & fan noise.

The important thing is you got the right core components for a gaming rig.

You're welcome & have lotsa fun.


Thanks. I can't wait to start putting the system together.
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January 1, 2010 10:41:24 PM

one thing tho you want a sata dvd drive not ide
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January 1, 2010 10:48:20 PM

obsidian86 said:
one thing tho you want a sata dvd drive not ide



Nice catch! I am ordering tomorrow!

Another question. Will I need a modem? I currently use DSL. If so what would be a good choice

thanks again
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